STILLTRYING53's SparkPeople Blog STILLTRYING53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community lost 140 pounds since 03/27/2010 When I started this journey I was hopeless and on death's bed weighing in at 370 pounds it's been 11 months as of today and I am weighing in at 230 lbs losing a total of 140 lbs. Today my life it full it has purpose I can sleep in my own bed and take care of myself. Every weekend I make a point of getting out where as before I was a shut in I would only go to work and straight home never leaving the house except for work. Today life is grand I have a new puppy in my life a full time job Baby-... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 02:31:51 EST Happy Belated New Year Hello Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Happy New Year. Well this is the first time in my whole life that I actually lost weight over the Holidays. since my surgery in March 2010 I weigh in at 370 and today I am at 244. Thank you for your support. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 23:15:39 EST Merry belayed Christmas and a Happy New Year I am so blessed to have you all for support. This year in March i had my By-pass surgery and went from 370 pounds and weigh in at 244 today. <BR> <BR> My life is active i am working out and have a personal trainer and I am doing so much better. If I had not done this I might of be dead this year. You all saved my life thank you. <BR> <BR> Ruby, not longer still trying now just doing it......... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 23:23:15 EST I lost 115 pounds as of 11-07-2010 Hello Fellow Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I am so happy to report that I have lost 115 pounds since my surgery and I am down to 255. I went from wearing a size 32 pants down to size 24. I even bought a belt to wear with my jeans which I have not worn a belt in over 10 years. Yesterday I went to the LA Zoo and walked around all day. I am able to do so much now since I lost the weight. Thank you all for your support. <BR> <BR> Ruby <BR> Not just trying anymore now just doing it........... <img src="h... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 00:25:17 EST 7 lbs to go for losing my first 100 lbs!!! Hello Spark Family, <BR> <BR> When I started this journey I had no idea of dreaming ever that I would lose almost 100 pounds! <BR> <BR> Well I am happy to report to that i am 7 pounds from hitting a 100 pound weight loss. <BR> <BR> Before my surgery I was a shut in unable to love life anymore I lived to eat and it was KILLING ME! <BR> <BR> I stop going out anymore I no longer fit in the world and my life as I once knew was depressing to say the least. I had no friends and was afraid of ... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 17:28:23 EST What can i eat at 2 months and 2 weeks after my surgery? What can i eat at 2 months and 2 weeks after my surgery? <BR> I am getting sick of those TV dinners 200-300 calories. do you all have any suggestions or links i can visit? right it's trail & error for me some foods make me sick and the ones i can eat i am sick of lol........does any have a title of a good recipe book i can get? Sat, 15 May 2010 23:22:48 EST Went back to work getting stronger each day. Hello good people, <BR> <BR> I am getting stronger with each day. I already went back to work. the first week was hard the second week was even better. I am now on the modified diet and it's trail and error trying to find food I LIKE TO EAT THAT IS GOOD FOR ME! <BR> <BR> So far the only thing I can get down with out getting sick is tuna fish, eggs, meatloaf, mashed potatoes anything soft and toast. <BR> <BR> Work is exactly as I left it CRAZY nothing has changed. But I am grateful for a jo... Sun, 2 May 2010 15:18:43 EST got the go ahead to start working out! It has been one month since my surgery and I went from 370 and today I am 331. The surgeon give me the go ahead to start working out so I have membership at the Spectrum Club and have hired a personal trainer to get me started on Monday. <BR> <BR> Stilltrying53 Sat, 24 Apr 2010 12:46:03 EST Need work out advise Hi Everyone, I am need to ask a question what type of work out plan should I be on after my surgery since March 23rd, 2010. So far I am walking and I was able to ride my Life-Cycle for 30 minutes does any have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Ruby Sun, 18 Apr 2010 04:31:17 EST Stilltrying 53 GPB Video journal 4/10/10 Feeling much better life is getting easier. I first days I was so depressed know that the only life I knew was going to end and what would be left. Well I am happy to report my life is so much better i still miss food after all it was such a huge part of my life. <BR> <BR> I went for a really long walk today, I find if I just keep moving my body I feel so much better then just sitting home feeling sorry for myself. <BR> <BR> I thank to THANK YOU all at SparkPeople for all of your support ... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 21:37:09 EST Stilltrying53's 1st meal after GBP surgey Today is my 1st meal after my GBP sugery so far so good. Thu, 8 Apr 2010 14:52:10 EST Well I started my first attempt at soft foods did not go well Well I started my first attempt at soft foods did not go well it got stuck and I had major pain and felt like vomiting. Now I am afraid to eat anything.........My Doctor took me off soft foods for three days...........I just have bad luck nothing is ever easy for me and for everyone else life is a breeze. <BR> <BR> Not feeling positive today the pain was major I had to take the liquid pain-killer to get the pain to stop I finally fell a sleep and the pain went away.......... <BR> <BR> Ruby ... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 22:33:24 EST April 6th 2010 Today will be the first day the my mouth and lips will touch food again after five weeks. I am afraid of the unknown how my new body will react to food after such a long time being on liquids. I am suppose to start off with soft foods and work my way up to some type of normal eating habits. Yes I am afraid. I have to stay focused and only concentrate on the good that I will benefit from this new journey, My nieces send me text messages telling me how proud they are of me and are my biggest ch... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 06:40:47 EST Happy Easter Today is Easter and I got up and thanked GOD for my second chance at life. I went for a walk and everything seem so pretty to me. People were passing by me would smile at me as I walked with the aid of a cane but I am walking something I have not done in many years. <BR> <BR> I could smell the air in the neighborhood with all of the trees and the flowers with all of their colors, when I realized I was noticing what life really looks like for the first time in a long time. <BR> <BR> For yea... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 19:00:09 EST was 370 now 340 I just had the surgery on March 23rd I started my liquid diet 2 weeks prior. I weigh in at 370 today I am down to 340 I have a long way to go. <BR> <BR> Prior to the surgery I no longer could take care of my hygiene without help, my knees hurt 24/7 I walked with the aid of a cane and could not stand longer than a few minutes without needing to sit down. <BR> <BR> I had to use pain killers because everything hurt too much. <BR> <BR> I had to sleep in a recliner for fear of chocking in my sl... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 07:55:07 EST Three days after surgery (Gastric By Pass) I got home from the hospital yesterday after having Gastric By Pass surgery. Well There was a lot of pain involved. The worst part was the drug morphine side effects I had a headache the size of the grand canyon. For now I am learning how to keep up my liquids and taking all of my vitamin supplements. My five incisions are very sore and tender and I have a drain bag that needs to be emptied about four to five times a day. For someone like me this was my last resort. I have tried everything ... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 15:24:43 EST Made it through my 1st week on liquids Today marks my first week on this liquid diet in preparation for my gastric by pass surgery. I can't say it was easy because it wasn't but I made it. <BR> <BR> My surgery is on March 23rd. I still have to go through a bunch of more tests this week. There are so many people praying and supporting me. I am truly blessed. <BR> <BR> There were days I just broke down and cried. I felt like I was being punished and just plain felt sorry for myself. Or people would tell me "I known how you feel"... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 18:22:09 EST Day 4 Taking it one day at a time. Today I am really depress. Stuck with it. I see the Doctor tomorrow for my post op surgery. I feel a lost for food due to being on this liquid diet they have me on due to getting ready for this surgery. Part of me hates that I have to resort to the Gastric by pass surgery as a last means of hope. This is my bottom. There is nothing left for someone like me. I no longer fit in this thin world and I don't want to die. I just turned 57 and I want a better life for me... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 04:06:44 EST day 2 This is my second day on liquids in preparation for my Gastric By-Pass surgery. <BR> <BR> I am doing OK and the only problem I have or when I think about food is when I smell being cooked other then that I am hanging in there. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 02:46:09 EST I no longer fit in the World! Date: March 07, 2010 <BR> <BR> Well it has finally came to the point where I just no longer fit in this world I have out grown everything in it. <BR> <BR> My world has now imprisoned me to the point where I am afraid to leave my home except to work where I hide behind desk all day as an engineer. <BR> <BR> I no longer go out to eat or to the store because people just stare at me. <BR> <BR> I am officially to FAT to fly so I no longer can travel. And if I do they charge me for two peopl... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 04:49:11 EST I had a really ruff day! I had really ruff day with customers today. Thank God the day is finally over with. I wasn't able to drink my shake lunch and had to have lunch with our customers. I had a turkey sandwich and I did something REALLY foreign to me I served my self SMALL portions wow where did that come from. Tomorrow back on the shakes! and one meal. My scale was off when I started turns out it was off by 10 lbs becasue the battery was dying. So instead of weighing 340 I really weigh about 350. The good news is... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 03:12:11 EST Still trying I need your support Today marks another attempt at trying to lose weight. I need support so i found this website. So far it looks pretty good. I will try to check in daily. Hopefully I'll meet some new friends here. <BR> <BR> Ruby <BR> Still trying....... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 08:57:49 EST